Oct 142014
 October 14, 2014  Posted by  Non-U.S., Surveillance

Talia Shadwell reports:

Thousands of motorists suspected of drink-driving could soon be hauled into booze buses to have their fingerprints taken and stored on a police database.

The Booze Bus Biometrics system will enable officers to check the identities of huge numbers of people more quickly and easily than by taking them to the nearest police station.


Booze Bus Biometrics, to be introduced nationwide from next month, will allow officers at the roadside to electronically scan fingerprints and take digital photographs. They can confirm a suspect’s identity, compare their biometric data to existing records, and store new information, according to police magazine Ten One.

Read more on Stuff.

Somehow the name “Booze Bus” doesn’t sound very professional to me. Maybe we’re supposed to be so distracted by the name of the program that we forget to look at the privacy implications?

Via @NZprivacy

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